verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- diminished responsibility,
- diminished seventh chord,
- diminishing returns,
- diminishing returns, law of
Origin of diminish
Examples from the Web for diminished
He sometimes surmised that it was because he was too outspokenly identified with the diminished liberal wing of the party.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But it is based on the chord structure of what I played before it, except that it was based on a diminished scale.
With the right person in the right job, the need for on-the-job support is diminished.Hiring People With Disabilities Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do—It’s Good for Business|Elizabeth Picciuto|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there is no credible data yet showing that the reach of ISIS messaging has diminished.
Well, the implications would be many and weighty, both for the diminished USA and for the new entity.
Yet ways and means had to be provided, and the difficulty grew rather than diminished, until it was decided to cut the knot.Sir Walter Ralegh|William Stebbing
Now, however, with diminished numbers and exhausted wealth, they had to face new enemies.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 1|Henry Charles Lea
These conditions may be increased or diminished by earthquakes and mild winters.Trails and Tramps in Alaska and Newfoundland|William S. Thomas
They had the appearance of figures in a fantoccine, or men seen at the extremity of the opera-house, diminished into puppets.Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland A.D. 1803|Dorothy Wordsworth
Forbid that these shall in any degree be diminished by any difficulty or perplexity that may arise.The Optimist's Good Morning|Florence Hobart Perin
Word Origin for diminish
early 15c., from merger of two obsolete verbs, diminue and minish. Diminue is from Old French diminuer "make small," from Latin diminuere "break into small pieces," variant of deminuere "lessen, diminish," from de- "completely" + minuere "make small" (see minus).
Minish is from Old French menuisier, from Latin minuere. Related: Diminished; diminishes; diminishing.